15 Days/14 Nights – Gateway: Washington

1 & 2: Washington, DC

Welcome to America’s capital, Washington DC! This cosmopolitan city is packed with famous sights, free attractions and is home to some of the world’s best-known museums and galleries, including the Smithsonian Institution. Combine this with hip new restaurants and bars, stunning hotels, great nightlife, charming neighborhoods and terrific shopping.

2 Nights Washington, DC.

3 & 4: Baltimore, MD (37 mi/60km)

Drive to “Charm City” – Baltimore. It has an astounding array of shopping choices from upscale malls to designer shops. The city also has fantastic restaurants and lively Fells Point, where many old bars and pubs have lovingly restored. Sample an array of cuisines, including crab for which Baltimore is famous. Visit the bustling Inner Harbor which has an outstanding aquarium.

2 Nights Baltimore, MD

5: To Annapolis, MD (30 mi/48 km)

Make your way to the “Yachting Capital” of the Chesapeake today – lovely Annapolis. The vibe is

laid-back, the scenery awe-inspiring and the local fare is seasoned with the flavors of the Chesapeake. Overlooking the town’s baroque web of streets, the Maryland State House was completed in 1779. The narrow streets have historic homes and buildings and the waterfront allows for ship watching. The lively cafes and shops of Market House are an inviting place to relax.

1 Night Annapolis, MD

6 & 7: Chesapeake Eastern Shore (52 mi/83 km)

Spend two days exploring Maryland’s Eastern Shore, starting in beautiful St. Michaels. Here you can feast on the local specialty, crab, whilst overlooking the small picturesque harbour. Visit Tilghman Island, home port for many of the Chesapeake Bay’s remaining skipjacks.

2 Nights Eastern Shore, MD

8 & 9: Virginia Beach, VA (196 mi/315 km)

Cross the amazing Chesapeake Bay Bridge heading for Virginia Beach, the world’s longest pleasure beach where you can find some of the best seafood in town at Waterman’s Beachwood Grill overlooking the ocean. At night the beachfront comes alive and you can enjoy cocktails on the boardwalk while watching the sunset.

2 Nights Virginia Beach, VA

10 & 11: Williamsburg, VA (58 mi/93 km)

Today visit Colonial Williamsburg, the most extensively restored 18th century town in the US. So compelling is the restoration that you feel that you are in a crown colony over 300 years ago. Perhaps visit Busch Gardens with more than 50 thrilling rides and attractions, great stage shows and a wide variety of food and world-class shops.

2 Nights Williamsburg, VA

12 & 13 Charlottesville (121 mi/194 km)

Travel to Charlottesville, once home to American statesman Thomas Jefferson. Today Charlottesville is a charming college town with many shops, restaurants and tea rooms.

2 Nights Charlottesville, VA

14: To Shenandoah Valley (65 mi/104 km)

Drive along the splendid Skyline Drive today stopping at overlooks for views of the valley below. With more than 500 miles of hiking trails, you could spend days exploring the lush forests, streams, waterfalls and wildflowers. Visit the Luray Caverns, the largest caverns on the east coast.

1 Night Shenandoah Valley, VA

15: To Washington, DC (73 mi/117 km)

Enjoy the scenery en-route to Washington and the airport for your flight home.

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